EVERY WEDNESDAY, 11am-12:15pm PST
Laura Rae Bernasconi has worked nationally and internationally for the past 36 years as a dancer, choreographer, coach and ballet, yoga AcroYoga and wellness teacher. Some of the companies for whom she has taught are Netherlands Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Norwegian National Ballet, Studio Wayne McGregor, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Scapino Ballet, Carte Blanche Norwegian Contemporary, PRODA, Ballet Hispanico, Henny Jurriens Foundation, Bern Ballet, Ballet Basel, ODC/San Francisco, Australian Dance Theater, National Dance Company Wales, Danish Dance Theater, Peridance Center, Gallim Dance, Skanes Ballet, CODARTS, The Joffrey School, San Francisco School of the Arts, Ballet Academy Stockholm and yoga with MixPose- Online classes for home yoga. Laura has danced globally for Bern Ballet, Ballet Mainz, Labayen Dance/SF and has performed Odissi Classical Indian dance as well as her own fusion of eastern dance and contemporary ballet and AcroYoga with her performance healing organization Ballet Bernasconi, Mudita Arts for Peace.
Education: Cecchetti Council Of America, San Francisco Ballet School, Robert Joffrey, Jacob’s Pillow, Shi’atsu Institute, Sivananda Yoga, AcroYoga, Ilan Lev, Jenny Sauer Klein.
Laura has a healthful approach to ballet class that is rejuvenating, healing, repairing and uplifting. The objective is that the dancer feels better in body, mind and spirit as time passes, growing and changing toward homeostasis- or excellent health within dance. Laura encourages exploration of energetic patterns in the body and positive thoughts in the mind. The technique of Ballet Bernasconi stems from the basic principle that dance is a moving meditation. Philosophies used are the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Ilan Lev Method, Zena Rommett Floore Barre, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis, Haha Yoga, sports psychology and martial arts. Laura focuses on the individual needs of each student with support, empathy, love and mudita – or vicarious joy.